I went to a regional chain place for my eye exam which I do since they take my insurance. I get my actual glasses from this old-school pro glasses designer (think Ahlem, Lindbergh, etc. type glasses) whose honestly probably one of the best people in the country to help you pick out a frame, but not so sure on his advice on lenses he gave me. I told him I wanted to get the frames from him and the lenses from the optometrist since they were gonna build some pretty expensive ones reduced by 50% through insurance. He picked up the quote the optometrist gave me, which had Eyezen 2, UV, anti-reflective coating and other stuff for $465 and said that I don’t need it. He said they’re trying to build me progressive lenses essentially at the age of 25. My prescription isn’t that strong at 2 and he said the only way I’d need that is if I was like a secretary transcribing from paper to the computer, looking back and forth all day. He also said the eyes are a muscle and we should work them. He then said he sees optometrists giving these types of progressive lenses to children as young as 11 basically to upsell which he finds horrifying.
I’m just curious, in your opinion is there truth to it? I went with his recommendation to just build me basic lenses which were far cheaper then even the after-insurance cost at the optometrist. I know this guy isn’t a doctor but I also don’t trust chain companies like that and what he said made perfect sense to my layman self. Then again curious on any optometrists’ thoughts